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Equity and Social Justice

Leveling the opportunity playing field and working to right persistent wrongs. 

Despite significant progress over the last several decades, Equity and Social Justice issues stemming from unequal treatment and disparate access to resources and power undermine individual and community opportunity and progress.  

NCG partners with our member colleagues and other organizations working to advance social justice and foster opportunities to collectively address issues of race, gender and equity in our community. Through our combined efforts we help philanthropy, government and business and other stakeholders access tools and resources to advance social justice. Examples include:



Equity and Social Justice programming coming soon. In the meantime, take a look at our past events.


As public awareness about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) grows, there have been a number of legislative initiatives within the state of California designed to support the screening, prevention, and treatment of childhood trauma.

Immigration issues have attracted significant attention over the past few years as changes in federal policies have ignited debates across the political spectrum.

This report explores the direct impacts of detention and deportation on family finances, health, and well-being. The findings are based on interviews with 20 families that recently had a family member detained or deported and 12 legal services providers, health centers, educators, and community organizations serving immigrant fami lies conducted in California, Texas, and Washington, DC during Summer 2018. Most family respondents were Hispanic women with children in the household; immigrants in the families primarily came to the U.S. from Mexico and Central America.

As part of NQAPIA’s national conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders and activists at the Hilton Chinatown in San Francisco on July 26-29, 2018, we hosted a learning community for donors and grant-makers to learn about the state of philanthropic support for LGBTQ AAPI communities, featuring the latest data. 

In a June 26th program, we hosted a multi-sector group of leaders who are working together to protect the wellbeing of immigrant families and fight against this proposed change to the public charge regulation for a thoughtful discussion on the imporatance of this issue and how funders can be prepared. 


Thursday, February 7, 2019

We’ve been cooking up programs and ideas for engaging our membership on equity and social justice issues. We thought a monthly curation of what we’re reading might spark conversation and action.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

These were the words sung to us by Miss Joyce O’Neal at the Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, the first stop of our Peace and Justice trip last month to Alabama. Last October, on my first day in the office as NCG’s new Programs and Events Manager, our President and CEO Ellen LaPointe approached me and said, “Daniel, we have an incredible opportunity to meet with Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative and visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. I’d like you to help us design the trip.” I was stunned by the enormity, but managed to reply and nod my head vigorously.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Jones will close out our 2019 Annual Conference with a curated performance!

Monday, February 4, 2019

I began 2019 with members of the Northern California Grantmakers Board and staff in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. I was prepared for the visit to be emotional and deeply moving, but was unprepared for it to be as personal as it became.

Monday, January 21, 2019

History is told through multiple, sometimes competing, narratives. Earlier this month, walking through downtown Montgomery, Alabama with folks from NCG, posted plaques told stories in the way official histories often do, highlighting founders and money-makers. I also saw newer plaques marking enslavement, lynching, and civil rights